Deccan Style Architecture

  • Earliest period of architectural development started in 1347 when Allauddin Bahman Shah constructed the Gulbarga Fort & the Jama Masjid at Gulbarga.

  • Second phase is represented by the architecture of Bidar initiated by Ahmed Shah (1422-1436), which includes the Bidar Fort, Mahmud Gawan’s Madrassa and the Ali Barid’s Tomb.

Hyderabad School

  • Qutub Shahi and Nizam Shahi dynasties contributed greatly towards the development of the Deccan style of architecture.
  • Charminar in 1591 built by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah.
  • Mecca Masjid- started in 1614 by Abdullah Qutub Shah & completed in 1687 by Aurangzeb.
  • Golconda Fort in 1525 built by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, was an impregnable fort of great strategic importance to most of the rulers.
  • Falaknuma Palace in 1870 by Nawab Vikar-Ul-Ulmara, is a rare blend of Italian & Tudor architecture.Deccan style

Bijapur School (Karnataka)

  • Developed during reign of Adilshahi school.
  • Gol Gumbaz built by Mohammad Adil Shah, which is largest masonry dome in the world.
  • Its underground vaults consist of a square grave chamber and a large single square chamber above the ground
  • Large hemispherical dome surmounting it & 7 storied octagonal towers on its corners
  • Each of its walls on the outside are divided into 3 recessed arches.
  • A 3.4 m wide gallery rests on its interior, known as the whispering gallery, as even a whisper here reverberates as an echo under the dome.
  • The large dome is hemispherical & is covered with a row of petals at the base.deccan style

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